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Students get safety advice on campus

Emergency services were on campus today providing some helpful tips and advice to Reading University students.

Members of the Fire Service were on hand to give fire safety advice to all students, particularly freshers, who are living away from home for the first time.

Firefighter, Robert Shaw told Spark* that the fire service had already been called out twice this term to tackle fires in St. Georges Hall and Bulmershe Campus.» >

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The Study opens on campus

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University of Reading students have a brand new place to study thanks to the campaigning of RUSU.

Aptly named “The Study”, the new area has been created in what was once The Lounge. The old offices used by Student Media and the adjoining social areas have been completely renovated a reworked over the summer period.

study2The work on the building has included created a large study room with group study spaces, a lounge area and an outside study space, all featuring a rather vibrant colour scheme!» >

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Non-league society proves a success at nearby university

A non-league society has been set-up at Oxford Brookes, as football fanatics have turned their passion for attending games into an organised venture.

The idea was coined after a Bath City vs Basingstoke match last year, where a couple of non-league enthusiasts had been on a ‘dirt-cheap’ day out.

Suggestions were discussed at length for the society before being finally formed, with at least one official event per month taking place and being advertised across social media.» >

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Fashion squared: the society meets Spark*

This year Spark*’s Fashion section aims to team up with UoR’s Fashion Society to bring you fantastic in-depth coverage of all things fashion at UoR! What better way to introduce our readers to the society but through interviewing fashion society president and second year law student Hannah Stanford.

Hi Hannah, thanks for agreeing to do this interview! Last year the fashion society ran trips to Birmingham’s Clothes Show Live and the Valentino exhibition at Somerset house.» >

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Mojo’s Refurbishment

Mojo’s, the local pub on campus, is undergoing refurbishment.

The refurbishment is part of an on-going improvement project for commercial areas of the Students’ Union.

The refurbishment is set to be completed on September 27 with it now set to include new furniture, bars and screens to create a versatile lighter and contemporary facility for day time use and vibrant bar in the evening.

Evenings in Mojo’s include Quiz Nights, Karaoke, Live Music Nights, Wednesday flirt!» >

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Closure of Reading Jail

The Justice Secretary has announced that Reading Jail is to close by March next year.

Jails in Dorchester, Blundeston and Northallerton are all set to close too with plans for a new super-prison to be built in Wales.

Reading Jail is best known for its most famous inmate, Oscar Widle, who was sent there in 1895 after being convicted of “homosexual offences” and sentenced to two years hard labour.

Reading’s general public have stressed that they wish for the site to be utilised and Reading East MP Rob Wilson said: “The important thing now is that we have a proper consultation of local people so they can have their say on what is the best use for the future of this landmark site.”

He added: “I would encourage anyone who has ideas to contact me so that we ensure that the Ministry of Justice does the right thing with the land.”» >

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Is academic achievement enough?

The unpaid internship; a hopeless and futile series of hoops through which naive and jewel eyed students are encouraged to jump or a prerequisite for securing a sensible job upon departing from cushy campus life and arriving wide eyed and terrified at the big bad world of the workplace. New research suggests the latter is truer than ever before.

‘High Fliers Research’, a leading independent market research company in the field of graduate recruitment, has provided statistical insight into the elusive and often fruitless world of work experience.» >

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A New Teaching and Learning Strategy

The University of Reading has announced a new teaching and learning strategy, ready for introduction in 2013 that will then run through until 2018. The aim is to provide a supportive educational environment, a collegial community of learning and a system which intellectually challenges those involved.

The University aims to increase its student’s opportunity to engage in a wealth of extra-curricular experiences, to attract potential students from a range of cultural backgrounds and to ensure that this new teaching and learning strategy is specifically catered to the needs of students, to give them the best possible learning experience at University.» >

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